Cost of Living in Cebu

Summary about cost of living in Cebu, Philippines:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 150.00 ₱ 80.00-300.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 1,274.54 ₱ 900.00-2,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 180.00 ₱ 150.00-200.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 80.00 ₱ 45.00-120.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 110.00 ₱ 100.00-180.00
Cappuccino (regular) 138.75 ₱ 50.00-250.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 31.67 ₱ 20.00-50.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 20.62 ₱ 15.00-50.00
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 347.82 ₱ 302.83-454.25
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 50.67 ₱ 36.29-90.72
Rice (white), (1 lb) 21.38 ₱ 19.96-22.68
Eggs (regular) (12) 88.71 ₱ 60.00-99.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 250.99 ₱ 63.50-299.37
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 101.72 ₱ 68.04-127.01
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 169.45 ₱ 99.79-272.16
Apples (1 lb) 71.73 ₱ 22.68-121.11
Banana (1 lb) 32.78 ₱ 22.68-49.90
Oranges (1 lb) 82.92 ₱ 22.68-181.44
Tomato (1 lb) 40.07 ₱ 22.68-54.43
Potato (1 lb) 44.58 ₱ 31.75-49.90
Onion (1 lb) 46.33 ₱ 36.29-54.43
Lettuce (1 head) 61.67 ₱ 29.00-90.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 29.00 ₱ 20.00-40.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 390.00 ₱ 250.00-500.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 61.17 ₱ 35.00-75.76
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 119.38 ₱ 65.00-150.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 120.00 ₱ 100.00-150.00
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 10.00 ₱ 10.00-20.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 431.71 ₱
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 40.00 ₱ 40.00-50.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 21.32 ₱ 19.31-34.97
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 127.45 ₱ 60.00-150.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 276.21 ₱ 263.28-321.76
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 1,035,500.00 ₱ 900,000.00-1,171,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 925,750.00 ₱ 750,000.00-1,053,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 4,249.39 ₱ 2,500.00-6,538.46
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 7.62 ₱ 5.00-9.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 2,375.00 ₱ 2,000.00-2,500.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 1,757.14 ₱ 900.00-2,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 450.00 ₱ 350.00-500.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 250.00 ₱ 200.00-290.00
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 5,541.67 ₱ 3,750.00-8,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 130,000.00 ₱ 80,000.00-700,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 2,187.50 ₱ 1,500.00-3,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 1,287.50 ₱ 800.00-2,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 3,714.29 ₱ 3,000.00-5,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 3,428.57 ₱ 2,000.00-4,000.00
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 28,571.43 ₱ 20,000.00-40,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 13,800.00 ₱ 9,000.00-30,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 45,285.71 ₱ 30,000.00-75,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 29,571.43 ₱ 15,000.00-50,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 11,610.85 ₱ 6,503.16-16,257.90
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 4,989.20 ₱ 2,322.56-7,999.93
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 14,500.00 ₱
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 10.25 4.00-15.00

Prices in Cebu

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Last update: June 2022
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24 Comments so far
Ian on Jun 15, 2022:
A Good apartment in Cebu city centre is about 25,000 (2 bedroom with pool). Plus bills ie Electric/ WiFi & water...on top
Cheap if you eat local food ..70,000 pesos needed for none drinkers / smoker couple.
TalisayForeigner on Mar 21, 2022:
Things here are more expensive than in east europe. Most things in the mall is more expensive (about 1-2x the price in East Europe). Rent is same or less expensive if you are lucky to find a nice place for good price (stay away from overpriced and small box condos). Electricity is about 2x more than price in east europe, so if your aircon is old get ready to pay 150 eur just for AC electricity.
Anonymous on Mar 23, 2021:
Superman March 8

There isn't a leader in the Philippines never has been.Duterd is a sissy but the Philippines is full of them.
Superman on Mar 08, 2021:
To those comments who don't like in cebu, please don't come back & go to CHINA Leave there, I think you are free in CHINA. Some are talking about the Duterd he is not forever leader in this Country, he follow how corrupt leader in America not to go to jail. You know what I mean, THINK
AA bbq on Jan 08, 2021:
Basically it's 25k / $500 for an underfurnished studio in most buildings in the center now.
Anonymous on Dec 09, 2020:
Hey Anonymous post November 27. You don't live in the Philippines at all so cut the BS you philippino.All foreigners know how Philippine citizens really are especially philippinas.They will jump in bed with their relatives for a few pesos but philippinas normally give it away for free to relatives.
Anonymous on Nov 27, 2020:
I just cann't believe the bullshit written here about Cebu and the Philippines.
I come and live here for more then 40 yrs, never lost a dime, never had any problems ( dont drink with Filippino guys).People are truelly friendly and willing to help, never even had a taxi trying to
Rip me off in Cebu.
Life is good and affordable.
Anonymous on Oct 20, 2020:
The Philippines is a nation of unique people, where the one-eyed man is king in the land of the blind.
In the Philippines you throw a dead bacteria on the street and it will multiply.
In the West, if you are not prepared for the winter you die of hunger and cold.
This is what sets cultures apart, the effort it takes to live.
Everything comes easy and people are easily pleased.
This is a culture of relationships not logic. Doing it right is not a priority. Doing it wrong is a chance to work another day.
One thing that is amazing is that everything is done by taking it easy.
If you are logical, result oriented and structured, stay away, you will die of stress.
If you want to take another look at life and live at a soft pace and you have what it takes to support yourself, find a wife, find a beach or a mountain, grow vegetables, have a chicken and a goat and live the life.
Every culture has its special treats and unpleasantries.
The Philippines and Cebu give you a blend of highly organized chaos and a way of life where simple things bring happiness.
Anonymous on Sep 23, 2020:
#Shaun you lived in all the wrong places then
Mill.Dominic on May 27, 2020:
Success is to simplify complex problems and then do it.
Shaun on Apr 30, 2020:
I have lived in the Philippines for12 years, it is a dump...pollution everywhere, 90% people try scam u, everything sold is from China....half of things u buy break in refunds or exchanges in the Philippines... Most people here have no common sense or independent thinking, they follow the herd, they will scam or steal from u given half a infrastructure, power out all the time, water cut off or restricting water flow to a trickle... I hate this country and am finally taking my wife and 3 children abroad to live.... Schools r a joke, send all my children to private Catholic school and they get taught nothing....and I mean nothing, teachers here just pass them one in the Philippines will take responsibility for anything, this is the land of "Sorry Sir", their Way of not assuming responsibility for anything... I am a U.S.Merchant Marine and have traveled the world, lived in different countries and this is definitely the land of ignorance...
NA on Aug 12, 2019:
philippines cost of living is very cheap 1 8oz of coke will only cost you 10pesos or $0.19
Anonymous on Jun 16, 2019:
I lived in Cebu City for 15 years I returned several months ago and spent six months there Cebu City nightlife is finished they used to be great on Mango avenue it is over! The people are nasty they hate us the girls wont to look at you. I don't know what happened to these people they think their something really special now.I think this is largely because of this false nationalism that Dutare started who's a freaking ass hole. The place used to be great pretty girls everywhere not anymore they hate us!!! This place used to be a single man's Paradise so don't even waste your time. As far as living cheaply there all these so-called experts here in other places telling you how cheap it is don't believe them if you want to eat like a Filipino and live like a Filipino yes cheap place to live they will gladly steal from you bankrupt you cheat you there's a few dopey expats here that tell you that the place is great well find out for yourself just keep your wallet close by
Anonymous on May 08, 2019:
News flash L.A. Dave it's a well known fact that Fillipinas adore white skinned Western men for these reasons.Once they marry a western man they're guaranteed U S citizenship not only for them but for all of their family members to be sponsored to become U S citizens.I don't blame anyone for wanting a more secure financially life, nothing wrong with that.Once your Fillipina wife gets a taste of the U S she'll drop you like a hot rock and move onto,greener pastures watch and see.The U S and Fillippine governments warn about visa seekers from the Fillippines only because the U S and the Fillippines have been alies for many years.Its one of the many agreements between the U S and Fillippines.Cost is low living in the Fillippines, nice people too was my experiences visiting on vacation twice.The prices listed here are correct on everything.
Anonymous on May 02, 2019:
Yeah that L.A.DAVE dude got sucked into the family traditions in the fillipines.Don't let your money run out DAVE but from the sound of things you're already screwed.
L.A. Dave on Apr 18, 2019:
Why anyone would make a decision to move to another country ( major life change ) without first visiting for a respectable amount of time , is ludicrous !!? Philippines is not for everyone. It won't work for those intending on hustling for a living, taking advantage of vulnerable persons, or doing crimes. I have visited many islands over 20 years and 24 vacations from 2 weeks to a month. " It ain't the Ritz " unless you're loaded financially, but then why not Hawaaii ? I've got nothing but positive things to say, especially I eventually married a Filipina and I have family there. My dream is to retire there with a house & lot, car & bike , and friends and family. It works for me, but I love island life, Filipino people and cost of living there is unbeatable. Quality of life ! If I was broke or up to no good, it wouldn't be attractive to me. So to all who give negative feedback.....don't go back......spend your free time warning other people like yourself! As for me, I will be on a chair at the beach,feet in water- palm tree overhead, with an umbrella drink in my hand being entertained by my Filipino brothers and sisters. Amen
Anonymous on Mar 07, 2019:
Best advice only visit Cebu for a few days then leave as I did and don't come back.
Anonymous on Feb 23, 2019:
Good point " AMERICANO " I agree.Like you I've traveled extensively actually around the world twice.Everyone visits countries for different reasons obviously.Sounds like the ones whining about hating women in the Philippines got their bells rung financially lol.Theres only one reason I've traveled extensively around the world,to enhance my financial portfolio through great interest returns on my money.
Americano on Feb 21, 2019:
I consider myself well traveled. I've been to Thailand, England, Germany, Spain, Australia, Philippines, Guam, Canada, and multiple destinations throughout the Pacific and Atlantic. There is not a state I haven't been to in the U.S. and I've lived years on the east coast, west coast, and midwest. I know what it's like to go down to the docks in Maine and grab a lobster straight off the boat and have the restaurant cook it up. I know what's like to sip on Mai Tia's and walk Waikiki beach during sunset. I know what it's like to visit the bars in Alaska and eat bison burgers or the Florida Everglades and eat alligator tails and crawfish and Gumbo in New Orleans. Who hasn't had a Sangria in Madrid? Or some 1878 beer in Germany? Anyone who's ever been to Reykjavik knows how expensive their beer is (damn!). I love the bars in England the best, very interesting how they keep the beer cool. Love the culture and food in many places. So what does this all mean?

If you're not enjoying the Philippines, you sir... are doing it wrong. Let me tell you something you already know, there are assholes everywhere and whether you surround yourself with them is up to you. The vibes you send off are the vibes you will receive. I laugh at anyone who thinks the Philippines is expensive. Don't listen to these people. Their stories have many variations but they all come down to the same root, they got burned. Walk that shit off buddy, you'll be aight. Be a smart traveler and you'll do just fine. Read up on the places you visit, learn the culture, eat the food, live life.
Anonymous on Feb 17, 2019:
I briefly passed through Cebu in my travels in route to Bejjing.I was only there for one day.Just enough time to dump $15k USD into the main bank in Cebu getting a prime interest rate of 14% to the dollar for a one year deposit.I've done this in Manila also including China, Thailand, Vietnam,and Cambodia for the past 25 plus years." BREAKING NEWS " all of Asia is 3rd world just as Bulgaria, Latvia, Macedonia,Serbia,Albania,Georgia and Lithuania is in Eastern Europe are.Seems to me there's alot of negative things being said about Cebu on this thread,but to each their own.Anyone who would actually live in Any part of Asia or Eastern Europe is brainless.Depositing hefty amounts of money in Colombia, Brazil, Argentina,Peru, Dominican Republic,and Bolivia to get high interest rates on my USD has made me a millionaire many times over,a fact.Few if any likes Westerners around the world but it's never phased me in the least.I'll take those 12 to 14% returns on my money anytime.
SL on Nov 06, 2018:
I live in Chicago but have a house in the province about a half hour out of Cebu city. It is very reasonable to live in the Philippines. Its less than half of what it costs in Chicago Il USA. This is the place to retire if you have retirement income. The Filipino people are wonderful. The food is incredible. And the islands are an absolute paradise.
Biro Pen on Oct 22, 2018:
That's what I'm saying. The Philippines is a 3rd world asylum with 1st world pricing. I don't wish this experience on my worst enemy. Look before you leap.
Anonymous on Sep 23, 2018:
These prices are higher than where I live in Columbia South Carolina , examples - 1 gallon of milk here in Wal mart us 1.65 or pecos about 80 pecos (50 p = 1 dollar ) gasoline 2.58 dollars (( about 130 pecos ) based on 50 pesos = 1 US dollar
Edward S Mcintyre on Jul 26, 2018:
I was in cebu may 2018 had a wonderful time stayed at Mandarin in cebu for a week
I stayed in Bohol for a few days ,I must say I'm impressed and was treated great by all I've met never met any people more friendly and hospitable
I will go again and retire there in a few years